Description: Course introduces the Personnel Security Program (PSP) and its aim to protect national security. The course will examine the PSP: what it is, why we have it, and what its major elements are. The legal and regulatory framework of the PSP will be addressed, to include the Federal investigative standards and the National Adjudicative Guidelines. Main focus of the course is the critical role of the adjudicator in applying the thirteen national security adjudicative guidelines in making determinations for eligibility for access to classified information.

Course Resources: Access this course's resources

Learning Objectives: Students shall demonstrate comprehension of the scope, purpose, and processes of the Personnel Security Program (PSP) in its support of national security.

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 3 hours

Target Audience: Federal government personnel who perform national security adjudication or who have national security adjudicative type functions (Collateral and SCI)


  • General Requirements: N/A
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 75% on the final exam allows students to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: None

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): N/A
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: 9.00

System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.

CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.